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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Feb 1, 2012 2:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 2/2/68 - Crystal Ballroom

the unique and beautiful thing about '68 GD is that, by loving it, one never needs to apologize, it's a year that is cool without even trying, without either pretense or excuse; peak acid Dead, by which all other years pale in comparison

Viola > TIFTOO > Clementine > Schoolgirl ... what's not to love?

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Feb 1, 2012 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 2/2/68 - Crystal Ballroom

Well said! There's nothing like 1968 GD. '69 is amazing too, but with the more polished performances in '69, the raw intensity started to drop off a bit as well. All of 1968 is brimming with explosive, creative energy. Of every year, 1968 will most frequently strip away the paint on your walls.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 1, 2012 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 2/2/68 - Crystal Ballroom

The music performed on this tour is simply mind blowing, both in its intensity and sophistication. Every note of it...


"On a roll, the band returned to Portland to play two nights at the Crystal Ballroom, the local version of the Fillmore or Avalon. The Crystal was an old-time dance hall with a sprung floor built on ball bearings, and it, too, had been booked in the early sixties by the Fillmore's Charles Sullivan with soul artists like James Brown and Marvin Gaye. Open as a "hippie" scene only from January 1967 to July 1968, the Crystal's two Quick/Dead shows were among the high points in the room's history. The Dead enjoyed themselves, too; Garcia left the box office lady a joint, which she thought was her best tip ever, even though she didn't smoke"
Dennis McNally

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 1, 2012 7:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 2/2/68 - Crystal Ballroom

That's what I like...never having to apologize for the band I promote.

Really explains a lot about me, eh?

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 1, 2012 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 2/2/68 - Crystal Ballroom

indeed, all this 60's stuff is growing on me! I didn't have it now I does! It DL'd in 1/2hr at bt.etree...sweet!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 1, 2012 7:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 2/2/68 - Crystal Ballroom

>it's a year that is cool without even trying, without either pretense or excuse; peak acid Dead

How cool is that. Sums up the year quite well.